Police officer cleared of any wrongdoing in Surrey multi-car crash

Dec 10 2019, 5:10 pm

After two people were injured and one person was taken into custody following a series of events that began with a police traffic stop in Surrey last month, BC’s police watchdog has now concluded its investigation into the case, clearing the officer involved of any wrongdoing.

According to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC, the investigation began on November 18, 2019, at approximately 7:43 am, when an officer attempted to stop a vehicle at 128th Street and King George Highway in Surrey.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and shortly afterwards was involved in a multi-vehicle collision where injuries were caused to the other drivers.

The male driver then fled on foot and was apprehended by another officer with his police service dog.

In its findings, the IIO said evidence obtained from traffic cameras, dash cameras, civilian witnesses, and police radio transmissions “demonstrates that there was no police pursuit of the vehicle and that police action did not lead to the injuries suffered by other drivers.”

The IIO said it also “independently clarified that the level of injury sustained in apprehension by the police service dog does not meet the threshold of serious harm.”

As a result, the investigation “has been concluded.”